Alan A. Armer
About This Interview
Alan A. Armer (1922-2010) was interviewed for three hours in Los Angeles, CA. Armer talked about his early years growing up during the Great Depression. He acknowledged winning a World's Fastest Talker contest, while a teenager, speaking 617 words in 57 seconds. He spoke about his studies in speech and drama and his practical experience as an announcer in radio. He described his years in local television in Los Angeles at KNBH (now KNBC) where he worked in many capacities and developed the series Lights, Camera, Action, a showcase for new young acting talent. He chronicled his work as a producer at 20th Century Fox in series television, where he produced My Friend Flicka and Broken Arrow. With Broken Arrow's production falling during the era of the Hollywood Blacklist, Armer revealed that the series' original writers could not be hired, rejected by the sponsor (but that he later employed them on The Fugitive ). He spoke in great detail about his association as executive producer with the classic crime series The Untouchables . For this series, he commented on the controversy that arose due to the show's portrayal of Italian-Americans, the necessity to tone down the show's depiction of violence, and Robert Stack's performance as Eliot Ness. He then talked about his work with Quinn Martin on the series The Fugitive. For The Fugitive , he gave his impressions of the cast, commented on the series highly-rated finale, and noted the series' Emmy win for Best Drama Series. He also touched on later Quinn Martin-produced series The Invaders and Cannon. Lastly, he talked about serving as Chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the early 1970s, and the increase in membership and creation of the Film Group screenings during his tenure. The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson on July 15, 2008.
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- Alan A. Armer on The Fugitive's success and his producing style
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- Alan A. Armer on the historical accuracy on The Untouchables and events it was based on
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- Alan A. Armer on the violence on The Untouchables and the way to get ratings
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- Alan Armer on The Fugitive and the process they used to develop the story; what Roy Huggins based the story on
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